NANOBUBBLE SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
Oil & Gas
Oil extraction and processing methods can vary greatly by region or application, and oil companies are constantly seeking ways to improve any process to maximize efficiency. The nanobubble technology has proven to increase efficiency in oil-water separation and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) reduction. By harnessing the unique properties of nanobubbles, Moleaer is making oil companies more efficient and improving their bottom line.
Oil Water Separation
Oil-water separation is the process of separating oil and suspended solids from the produced water of production facilities and from the wastewater of oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and natural-gas processing plants. Various methods exist to separate oil and water, but flotation is typically the first method in the separation process. In flotation, gas bubbles attach to oil droplets in the water to increase their rise rate. Once on the surface of the water, the oil can be skimmed off, removing a large portion of the free oil in the water. The gas-injection technology enhances this process by delivering high volumes of nanobubbles into the water. Nanobubbles exhibit unique properties when compared to larger bubbles that make them an ideal fit for oil-water separation.
Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) is a chemical compound produced by the microbial breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. H2S is commonly found at oil and natural gas well sites, petroleum refineries, and in pipelines used to carry crude oil and natural gas. The concentration of H2S is typically dependent on the oil well location, depth, and quality. Hydrogen Sulphide is toxic to humans, can easily explode, and corrodes metals and equipment it touches. The oil and gas industry thus takes great measures to ensure safety at an oil site and is constantly seeking ways to reduce H2S throughout the various stages of oil production. The nanobubble technology is a highly effective treatment method that rapidly and efficiently reduces H2S.